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Raisio plc's Research Foundation

Raisio plc’s Research Foundation supports scientific research primarily related to the development of food, food ingredients and production methods. Foundation supports also research related to product safety and commercialization of food products.

In recent years the Foundation has executed its activity mainly by awarding personal scholarships for postgraduate studies, aim at a licentiate or doctoral degree.

Donation of EUR 500 000 to the University of Turku for a professorship in Finnish food

In 2018 Raisio plc’s Research Foundation decided to donate funds to the University of Turku for a professorship in the Food Chemistry and Food Development Unit of the Faculty of Science and Engineering. The aim of the professorship is to focus on research into plants grown in Finland, to support the export of Finnish food based on sustainable development and to enhance well-being with healthy food.

The donation of EUR 500 000 covers the core funding of the professorship for five years, 2019-2023.


Raisio plc’s Research Foundation will develop its scholarship activities. The Board of the Foundation will decide on new forms and principles of scholarship activities in the spring 2021.

The first open application period for scholarships under the new practice will be announced in the autumn 2021 when scholarships may be applied for the year 2022.

The Board of the Foundation

Members of the Board of the Raisio plc’s Research Foundation:
President, CEO Pekka Kuusniemi, Raisio plc, Chairman of the Board
Professor Aila Vanhatalo, University of Helsinki
Member of the Board Erkki Haavisto, Raisio plc
Professor Tapio Salmi, Åbo Akademi
Ph.D. Jussi Manninen, VTT
Product Development Director Aino Sivonen, Raisio plc


General topics related to Foundation and scholarships:

Representative: Ingmar Wester, Director of Research, Regulatory & Patenting of Healthy Food Unit in Raisio plc. Tel. +358 50 601 32.